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News Digest Sept. 11, 2020

Nostalgia Digest Autumn 2020

New Releases
Nostalgia Digest Autumn 2020
Contents
Steve Darnall “Hello, Out There in Radioland!”
Steve Darnall “Reflections of a Golden Age” (cover story)
Dan McGuire “At This Theatre Next Week” Chapter Four
Jordan Elliott “Man and Superman” (Clayton Collyer)
Clair Schulz “Smilin’ Through” (Pegy Lynch)
Walter Scannell “This Ladd for Hire” (Alan Ladd)
Wayne Klatt “Pleasant Screams” (radio’s scary shows)
Alex Udvary “Hollywood Madmen” (Clark & McCullogh)
Stone Wallace “Prince of Players” (Raymond Massey)
Mail Call
Plus, the Radio Program Guide for Those Were the Days and WGN Radio Theatre

Nostalgia Digest Book 46 Chapter 4 Autumn 2020
Editor: Steve Darnall
Cover: Mark Braun
5.5” x 8.5” 64 pages, b&w interior
$4.50 on newsstands
Four-issue subscription $17
Eight-issue subscription $30
Nostalgia Digest website

Alfred Hitchcock's Sep/Oct 2020

Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine Sep/Oct 2020
Contents Page
Linda Landrigan: A Word of Thanks
The Lineup
Elliot F. Sweeney “Mrs. White Hart” art by Kimberly Cho
Dan Crawford
“Storage”
Jane Pendjiky “Fruiting Bodies”
Mysterious Photograph $25 fiction contest “The Handoff”
Christopher Latragna “Call it Sad, Call it Funny”
Sharon Jarvis “Who Killed What’s Her Name?”
Laurel Flores Fantauzzo: Booked and Printed
James Sallis “The Beauty of Sunsets”
Wouter Boonstra “Archored” translated from the Dutch by Josh Pachter
Steven Gore
“Inflection” art by Daniel Zalkus
Mark Lagasse:
Scrambled Hitch (puzzle, solution on page 192)
Arlene Fisher: Dying Words (acrostic puzzle, solution on page 192)
Richard Freeborn “Family Harmony”
John Paul Davies “Limited Edition”
Dave Zeltserman “Past Due” art by Kevin Speidell
Michael Nethercott
“Old Echoes”
Tom Larsen “Buscando Tupac”
Bob Tippee “You Said This Was Business”
Josh Pachter selects/introduces a Mystery Classic: “Thubway Tham’s Hoodoo Roll” by Johnston McCulley (Detective Story Magazine Nov. 12, 1921)
Lee Lofland’s Case File: Excited Delirium
The Story That Won (May/Jun) “Never a Dull Moment in the Kitchen” by Rosemary Herbert
Coming in AHMM Nov/Dec 2020
Directory of Services/Indicia

Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine Vol. 65 No. 9 & 10 Sep/Oct 2020
Publisher: Peter Kanter
Editor: Linda Landrigan
Managing Editor: Jackie Sherbow
Senior Director of Art & Production: Porter C. McKinnon
Senior ADs: Victoria Green, Thomas Slosser
Cover: Erika Steiskal
192 pages
$7.99 on newsstands until Oct. 20, 2020
Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine website

Amazing Selects No. 3

Amazing Selects No. 3:
Adrift in the Sea of Souls by David Gerrold
Contents Page
Adam-Troy Castro’s Introduction: The Sprung Chicken
Steve Davidson’s Publisher’s Note: David Gerrold
David Gerrold “Adrift in the Sea of Souls”
David Gerrold “The White Piano”
David Gerrold “Jacob in Manhattan”
Author’s Afterword
About the Author
Art the Artist: M.D. Jackson

Amazing Selects No. 3
Publisher: Steve Davidson
Cover and interior artwork M.D. Jackson
5.5” x 8.5” 170 pages
Print $8.99 Kindle $8.99
Amazing Stories website

Also out is Mystery Weekly Magazine Sep. 2020, with stories by Nick LeGrand, Edward Lodi, Joseph S. Walker, Benjamin Mark, William Burton McCormick, Shea E. Butler, Stan Dryer, and Eric B. Rurark. Available in print $7.99 and Kindle $3.99

Kevin Tipple highlights Fiction River: Stolen at The Short Mystery Fiction Society Blog.

If Oct. 1965, Mystery Weekly Magazine April 2020

Digest Magazine Reviews
John O’Neill
gives an overview of the “Big 5” digests for Sep/Oct 2020 at Black Gate.

Robert Lopresti reviews Joseph S. Walker’s “Golden Lives” from Mystery Weekly Magazine Sep. 2020 at Little Big Crimes.

David Levinson reviews Worlds of If Oct. 1965 at Galactic Journey.

Kevin Tipple reviews Mystery Weekly Magazine April 2020 at Kevin’s Corner.

Big 5 Sep/Oct 2020 issues

Digest Magazine Writers’ Updates
Alan Dean Foster
, whose “The Treasure of the Lugar Morto” appears in Analog Sep/Oct 2020, talks about writing at The Astounding Analog Companion.

Iris Hockaday, whose story “The Thunderstorm” appears in EQMM Jul/Aug 2020, reflects on “mystery” at Something is Going to Happen.

Jason Sandford on “The Eight-Thousanders” from Asimov’s Sep/Ocy 2020 at From Earth to the Stars.

Brain Freeze No. 5

Storytime
Charlie Cancel’s
“R/amitheasshole Posted by Tammy Whammy 2 Hours Ago” at Pulp Modern Flash.

Josh Pachter reads his “The Secret Lagoon” from EQMM Sep/Oct 2019 at Podomatic.

Zine Scene
Jim Main’s
Brain Freeze No. 5 was released this week. Its contributor list is too long to re-create here, but includes TDE illustrator Rick McCollum. The 52-page zine is available for $6.25 post paid from:
Main Enterprises
PO Box 93
New Milford, CT 06776

Brave and the Bold 167, Batman 328, Detective 495

TDE Contributors’ Corner
Jack Seabrook
and Peter Enfantino review The Brave and the Bold No. 167, Batman No. 328, and Detective No. 495 at bare•bones e-zine.

Richard Kellogg sent a press release for his new book: Barry Baskerville’s Christmas Mystery (Airship 27, 2020) by Richard Kellogg and lavishly illustrated by Gary Kato, is now available from Amazon.com. In the seventh entry of this series of mysteries for children, Barry uses all his skills of observation and deduction to identify a thief who has been stealing Christmas trees from the lawns of the residents of Watsonville. Young readers will learn about the methods used by Sherlock Holmes while improving their own problem-solving skills. Sherlockians will find the book a great holiday gift for their children and grandchildren.

Jack Seabrook’s The Hitchcock Project—Harold Swanton Part Seven: Bang! You’re Dead at bare•bones e-zine.

Readin’ and Writin’
Alec Cizak
offers creative writing tips on plotting at ACTV.

Did a fair about of reading this week, but didn’t finish any one of the books or digests currently in play. More next week.

The Digest Enthusiast No. 12 June 2020

Finished retouching the pages of Head No. 1 for Marc Myer’s upcoming Roman Scott collection.

Joined the Short Mystery Fiction Society this week! President: Robert Lopresti, Vice President: Kevin R. Tipple.

This week’s progress on TDE13: Steve Carper sent nearly a dozen cover scans for his upcoming article on digest SF novels. Jack Seabrook tapped Walker Martin for help securing the final images from Mystery Book Magazine No. 16, for Jack’s article on Leo Marr. And the color work on Bob Vojtko’s six gag cartoons was completed. Four will appear on one page I’ve dubbed “Zowie” in tribute to the Lopez digest magazine from the 1970s.

Our current issue: The Digest Enthusiast No. 12 is available in print at Lulu.com and Amazon, and in digital formats at Kindle Books and Magzter.

Galaxy Aug. 1977

Vintage Science Fiction Digest
Galaxy Aug. 1977
Inside front cover by James R. Odbert
Contents Page
Calendar
James Patrick Bean’s Editorial: Galaxy and the Galaxy
Harbert Charles Petley “…and Earth So Far Away” art by Stephen Fabian
Frederik Pohl
: Postscript to Gateway
Charles Sheffield “Perfectly Safe, Nothing to Worry About”
Jerry Pournelle, PhD: A Step Farther Out (science fact)
Frank Herbert “The Dosadi Experiment”
Richard E. Geis: The Alien Viewpoint art by Tim Kirk
Arsen Darnay
“Pheromonal Fountain”
Spider Robinson: Galaxy Bookshelf
Jay Brandon “The All-Soul is Calling Quinlan” art by Stephen Fabian
Directions (letter pages)
Galaxy/If SF Mart (classified ads)

Galaxy Science Fiction Vol 38 No. 6 August 1977
Publisher: Arnold E. Abramson
Editor: James Patrick Baen
Art Director: Stephen Fabian
Assistant Editor: Elaine Will
Science Editor: J.E. Pournelle, PhD
Contributing Editor: Spider Robinson
Consulting Editor: Theodore Sturgeon
Cover: Kelly Freas
5.25” x 7.75” 160 pages $1.25

News Digest June 26, 2020

Pulp Modern Vol. 2 No. 5

New Releases
Pulp Modern Vol. 2 No. 5 Summer 2020
Contents Page
Alec Cizak: From the Editor
Andrew Bourelle “Companion”
Peter W.J. Hayes “The Bowie Knife”
Mandi Jourdan “These Violent Delights”
“Doc” Clancy “Ghost Town”
Timothy Friend “Burnin’ Love”
Serena Jayne “Necessary Evils”
Adam S. Furman “Intercession”
Victoria Weisfeld “The Unbroken Circle”
Nils Gilbertson “How to Make a Boulevardier”

Publishers: Uncle B Publications & Larque Press LLC
Editor: Alec Cizak
Design: Richard Krauss
Cover: Rick McCollum
Interior Artwork: Ran Scott
Cartoons: Bob Vojtko
5.5” x 8.5” 132 pages
Print $6.99 Kindle $2.99

Alec Cizak reads the intro to Pulp Modern Vol. 2 No. 5

Editor Alec Cizak reads his introduction to the issue on ACTV.

Alfred Hitchcock and Ellery Queen Jul/Aug 2020

The Jul/Aug 2020 issues of Alfred Hitchcock and Ellery Queen are now available. For contents click on their titles.

Amazing Stories

Amazing Stories has launched a Kickstarter Campaign to help fund another four issues of the magazine.

Close to the Bone No. 2

Storytime
The second issue of Close to the Bone is out with crime fiction and other genres. Free download.

May/Jun 2020Digests

Digest Magazine Blogs
Robert Reed on “Who Carries the World” from F&SF May/Jun 2020 at Fantasy & Science Fiction.

Robert R. Chase on Immortality and “The Offending Eye” from Analog Jul/Aug 2020 at The Astounding Analog Companion.

Herb Kauderer, whose poem “Bicameral” appears in Asimov’s Jul/Aug 2020, has Questions About the New Inequality at From Earth to the Stars.

Tom Mead, author of “The Indian Rope Trick” in EQMM Jul/Aug 2020, discusses locked room mysteries at Something is Going to Happen.

Vampirella 17, Eerie 40, Creepy 46

TDE Contributors’ Corner
Steve Carper
explores the Harden Planetarium at Flying Cars and Food Pills.

Uncle Jack (Seabrook) and Cousin Peter (Enfantino) review Vampirella No. 17, Eerie No. 40, and Creepy No. 46 at bare•bones e-zine.

Nostalgia Digest Summer 2020

Readin’ and Writin’
There’s no other magazine I can think of like Nostalgia Digest. It’s kind of like TV Guide, only for radio; radio from its golden era celebrated anew every Saturday on WDCB and WGN, on air and online. The quarterly Digest shares the schedules and synopsis of all the shows and rounds out every issue with nearly a dozen articles on celebrities, popular culture, and history. The Summer 2020 edition, which I read this week, is the all-vintage swimsuit issue, featuring celebrities Ava Gardner, Doris Day, Anne Baxter, Kirk Douglas, Loretta Young, Alexis Smith, Jackie Cooper, Leila Ernest, Kay Stewart, Eddie Bracken, Richard Conte, Gene Tierney, Beryl Vaughn, Jimmy Durante, Maureen O’Hara, Marie Windsor, and Ginger Rogers. The articles on Keir Dullea, Andy Griffith, Jack Pearl, wartime baseball, the Chautauqua movement, and Jimmy Stewart were all enlightening and entertaining. My thanks to Editor, Publisher, and Host Steve Darnall for another great issue, and for all you do to keep old time radio and those thrilling days of yesteryear alive!

Also read the second issue of Verdict, for a work-in-progress article. Haven’t decided yet if it’s for The Digest Enthusiast No. 13, or elsewhere. Verdict No. 2 a terrific issue of a terrific magazine. Sad it only lasted four issues. Some strong entries here by Samuel Blas, Bruno Fischer, Dorothy B. Hughes, Henry Kane, Cornell Woolrich and of course Rex Stout, whose Neo Wolfe novel Fer De Lance is serialized.

The Digest Enthusiast No. 12 June 2020

Many thanks to Kevin Tipple for highlighting Michael Bracken’s story “El Despoblado” in The Digest Enthusiast No. 12 at The Short Mystery Fiction Society Blog.

Thanks also to David Haden of Tentaclii, an H.P. Lovecraft blog, for including The Digest Enthusiast No. 12 in a post this week.

Received comp copies of the new issue of The Digest Enthusiast No. 12 from the printer and began mailing them out to contributors. This time the printed book was produced by Lulu.com and I’m very pleased with the results. Their all-new website and new standard color option enabled this edition to include a full color interior at a reasonable, if not inexpensive, price. The book is available in print at lulu.com and for Kindle and Magzter. Among many other features is Lester del Rey’s The Five Ages of Science Fiction by Ward Smith.

News Digest May 8, 2020

AHMM May/Jun 2020

May Digest Magazines
Alfred Hitchcok’s May/Jun 2020
This issue marks the introduction of former police detective Lee Lofland’s new column Case Files, “offering insights into the working lives and daily realities of those involved in law enforcement.”
Contents Page
Linda Landrigan: Trapped! (introduction)
The Lineup
Joseph S. Walker “Etta at the End of the World” art by Kimberly Cho
Jeff Cohen “The Question of the Befuddled Judge”
Ken Brosky “Airless Confinement”
Parker Littlewood “Buck Solves the Case”
Arlene Fisher: Dying Words (acrostic puzzle, solution on page 192)
Robert Lopresti “Shanks Saves the World” art by Kevin Speidell
Mark Lagasse: Scrambled Plum (puzzle, solution on page 105)
Joslyn Chase “The Wolf and Lamb”
Laurel Flores Fantauzzo: Booked and Printed
The Devil Aspect by Craig Russell
Anti-Social by Andrew Marantz Viking
Phantom Lady by Christina Lane
Elizabeth Zelvin “Reunion”
Mysterious Photograph $25 fiction contest “Never a Dull Moment in the Kitchen”
Michael Bracken “Sleepy River”
Bob Tippee “A Bias for Action”
John G. Wimer “Probable Cause”
Mark Thielman “The Case of the Cereal Killer” art by Enan Liang
Sarah Weinman “Limited Liability”
Eve Fisher “Brother’s Keeper”
Janice Law “The Client”
Russell Atwood selects/introduces a Mystery Classic” “A Gross Miscarriage of Justice” by Joyce Porter
Lee Lofland’s Case Files
The Story That Won (Jan/Feb) “Famous Last Words” by S.D. Burke
Coming in AHMM Mar/Apr 2020
Directory of Services/Indicia
Classified Marketplace

Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine Vol. 65 No. 5 & 6 May/Jun 2020
Publisher: Peter Kanter
Editor: Linda Landrigan
Managing Editor: Jackie Sherbow
Senior Director of Art & Production: Porter C. McKinnon
Senior ADs: Victoria Green & Thomas Slosser
Cover: Bastien Lecouffe Deharme
192 pages
$7.99 on newsstands until June 16, 2020
Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine website
AHMM and EQMM Mystery Value Pack-8 $7.95
AHMM and EQMM Mystery Value Pack-16 $12.95
Mystery Double Issue Value Pack-12 $15.95

Analog May/Jun 2020

Analog May/Jun 2020
Emily Hockaday’s Anniversary Retrospective Editorial: Here There Be Women
Anne McCaffrey “Weyr Search” (90th Anniversary Retrospective Reprint)
G.O. Clark “Miles to Go Before We Rest” (verse)
Neal Asher “Moral Biology”
Richard A. Lovett’s Science Fact—Space Dust: How an Asteroid Altered Life on Earth . . . Millions of Years Before the Dinosaurs
Tom Jolly “A Breath of Air” art by Soo Lee
Sarah Gallien
“The New Planet” (verse)
Dominica Phetteplace “Candida Eve”
John G. Cramer’s The Alternate View: Is the Universe a Hypersphere?
Aimee Ogden “To Persist, However Changed”
James Sallis “Net Loss”
Phoebe Barton “A Compass in the Dark”
In Times to Come
Eric Cline “It Was a Tradition When You Turned 16”
Ramona Louise Wheeler “Calm Face of the Storm” art by Mark Evans
Derek Künsken
“The House of Styx” Part II art by Eldar Zakirov
Don Sakers: The Reference Library
The Oppenheimer Alternative by Robert J. Sawyer
Accepting the Lance by Sharon Lee & Steve Miller
Frozen Orbit by Patrick Chiles
The Blood-Dimmed Tide by Michael R. Johnson
Starborn & Godsons by Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle, Steven Barnes
The Renegat by Kristine Karthryn Rusch
Vulcan’s Forge by Robert Mitchell Evans
The Collapsium by Wil McCarthy
Gremlins Go Home by Ben Bova & Gordon R. Dickson
Brass Tacks (Letters)
Anthony Lewis: Upcoming Events

Analog Science Fiction and Fact (Astounding) Vol. 140 No. 5 & 5 May/Jun 2020
Publisher: Peter Kanter
Editor: Trevor Quachri
Managing Editor: Emily Hockaday
Editorial Assistant: Rae Purdom
Senior Art Director: Victoria Green
Cover: Donato Giancola
208 pages, $7.99 on sale until June 16, 2020
Analog website
SF Value Pack-8 $7.95
SF Double Issue Value Pack-12 $15.95
SF Value Pack-16 $12.95

May/Jun 2020Digests

Digest Magazine Blogs
C.C. Finlay
previews the May/Jun issue of F&SF at Fantasy and Science Fiction.

Michael Bracken talks catalyst about “Sleepy River” from AHMM May/Jun 2020 at SleuthSlayers. (Click on the note page for a larger, readable view.)

Shelly Dickson Carr discusses writing at EQMM’s Something is Going to Happen.

Leah Cypess on “Stepsister” from F&SF May/Jun 2020 at Fantasy & Science Fiction.

Linda Landrigan remembers Angela Zeman at AHMM’s Trace Evidence.

Worlds of If June 1965, Commando: Across the Fence

Digest Magazine Reviews
David Levinson
reviews Worlds of If June 1965 at Galactic Journey.

James Reasoner reviews Commando: Across the Fence at Rough Edges.

Scott posted the cover of Leisure Detective Magazine No. 9 at The Nick Carter & Carter Brown Blog.

TDE Contributors’ Corner
Jack Seabrook
and Peter Enfantino explore Batman in the 1980s at bare•bones e-zine.

Jack Seabrook’s The Hitchcock Project: Morton Fine and David Friedkin Part Three: Crimson Witness at bare•bones e-zine.

Storytime
Nils Gilbertson’s
“Feelin’ Like Hell” at Rock and a Hard Place.

Fright by Cornell Woolrich

Advertiser Spotlight
Digest, paperback, pulp, and comic collectors may want to request a subscription to the free monthly Modern Age Books all-picture catalog. It’s a great source for collectibles with accurate grading, speedy service, and great prices. Request a subscription here.

Readin’ and Writin’
Book Trailer for Lake County Incidents by Alex Cizak. I wrote a short review of the book on Goodreads, but see my full version in the upcoming TDE.

Read this week: The Hard Case Crime edition of Fright by Cornell Woolrich. A beautifully written noir crime story with a socko finish.

Finished writing my article on Fotocrime this week and laid out the pages. The Digest Enthusiast No. 12 is getting close to final so I sent out many requests to digest magazine editors for news updates, the final step of content creation. There are some great things in the works!

Space Science Fiction Feb. 1953

Vintage SF Digest
Space Science Fiction Feb. 1953
Contents Page
Lester del Rey: An Editorial on Immortality
H. Beam Piper “Ullr Uprising” part one of two, art by Paul Orban
William Morrison
“The Hunters” art by H.R. van Donge
Coming Events
Milton A. Rothman’s Solution Unknown
George O. Smith’s Book Reviews Science: Fact and Fiction
H.B. Fyfe “Exile” art by Ed Emshwiller
John Christopher
“Relativity” art by Ed Emshwiller
Poul Anderson
“Security” art by Alex Ebel
Take-Off (Letters of Comment)
In Memoriam: Earle Bergey

Publisher: John Raymond
Editor: Lester del Rey
Assoc. Editor: John Fell, John Vincent
Art Director: Milton Berwin
Cover: Alex Ebel
5.5” x 7.5” 160 pages
35¢ cover price

Read Vince Nowell, Sr.’s article “When Things Go Wrong—The Lester del Rey/John Raymond Fiasco” in The Digest Enthusiast book seven.

News Digest Feb. 28, 2020

Astounding 5-44, Fantastic 3-65

Paul Fraser reviews Astounding Science Fiction Vol. 33 No. 3 May 1944 on SF Magazines.

Victoria Silverwolf reviews Fantastic Vol. 14 No. 3 March 1965 on Galactic Journey.

Guns + Tacos Vol. 1 & 2

The print version of season one of Guns + Tacos season one arrived last Saturday. Each of its two volumes, created and edited by Michael Bracken and Trey H. Barker include three stories around 40 pages each. Volume One: Gary Phillips, Bracken, and Frank Zafiro. Volume Two: Barker, William Dylan Powell, James A. Hearn, and a bonus story by Bracken, making this the thicker of the two volumes. Season Two has been ordered and will begin later this year from Down & Out Books.

Boy Detective, Find the Money

Art Taylor writes about the story order in his new anthology The Boy Detective & The Summer of ’74 at Auntie M Writes. (Hat tip Kevin Tipple).

Artist and author Tony Gleeson’s new book, Find the Money, is now available on amazon. The mysterious Vanessa has vanished, and it’s worth a million dollars to a vicious drug lord to get her back. But the ransom disappears, turning up in the hands of a bewildered innocent bystander, while ruthless gangsters and hapless kidnappers alike desperately search for the money. Meanwhile, Detective Marlon Morrison, who only wants to comfortably ride out the final year and a half before his retirement without incident, finds himself involved with a growing succession of murder victims, and a bizarre case growing in complexity by the hour…

Josh Pachter talks to Publisher’s Weekly about his anthologies The Misadventures of Ellery Queen and The Misadventures of Nero Wolfe. (Hat tip Michael Bracken)

Doug Draa announced on Facebook that Weirdbook No. 42 has gone to print!

A.T. Sayre describes his joy and appreciation at having his first story, “Rover,” published in the venerable Analog.

AHMM & EQMM Mar/Apr 2020

Found all four March/April 2020 Dell digests on shelves this week at my local Barnes & Noble’s. Alfred Hitchcock’s features William Burton McCormick’s cover story “Night Train to Berlin.” Ellery Queen’s cover highlights its “Mystery Strangers” theme. Although not listed on the cover, indie favorite Preston Lang also has a story inside—congrats!

Asimov's & Analog Mar/Apr 2020

Asimov’s cover features Nancy Kress’ “Semper Augustus” and Analog continues their retro-look celebration of their 90th year. Note F&SF Editor C.C. Finley’s name on the cover, and inside there’s a new story by Edd Vick* and Manny Frishberg. *Vick as interviewed by D. Blake Werts in The Digest Enthusiast No. 6.

Fantasy & Science Fiction Jan/Feb 2020

Corey Flintoff talks about his “Interlude in Arcadia” (F&SF J/F 2020) on the Fantasy & Science Fiction blog.

Readin’ and Writin’
Finished the audio book version of The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler and loved it. I listened while driving and more than once got so lost in the gorgeous prose I had to try to remember what was happening in the plot. Narrator Ray Porter’s cadence and inflections are a perfect match to Tom Hanks’.

Also on audio, I listened to Break Shot: My First 21 Years by James Taylor. A intimate memoir with Taylor’s recollections of family dysfunction, fighting addiction, and working with Danny (Kootch) Kortchmar, Peter Gordon, The Beatles, Joni Mitchell, and Carol King. This guided tour of his early life is interspersed with his gorgeous melodies. Riveting, sad, and unforgettable.

Mike Shayne June 1957

In print, I read Mike Shayne Mystery Magazine June 1957. This issue wraps up the trilogy of the serialized Weep for a Blond Corpse, with more action and excitement than the previous two installments. It also boasts two outstanding novelets by Helen Nielsen and Tedd Thomey, as well as some fine short stories by Fletcher Flora, James Schucker, D.E. Forbes, Murray Wolf, and F. Keston Clarke. A great issue of a great digest magazine! Watch for my reviews in a coming issue of bare•bones.

Jeff Vorzimmer, editor of Stark House Press’ Best of Manhunt, read through the current issue of The Digest Enthusiast and awarded it a 5-Star rating this week on GoodReads. Thanks much, Jeff!

TDE12 Update: Met with my writing group on Thursday and shared my review of Paperback Fanatic No. 43, which will appear in TDE12. Also completed the initial layout of my interview with Tony Gleeson for the issue. Thanks to Tony, it’s loaded with beautiful artwork—mostly from vintage digests.

True Crime Detective Summer 1953

From the Vault
Ad copy on page 2: “. . . if you enjoy this issue let us enter a subscription for you so that True Crime Detective may be delivered to you on or before publication date without extra cost. You will find each issue a little better than the one before—an anthology of the best detective true crime stories new and old.” Cost? $1.40 for 4 issues. In 2020 dollars that’s $13.53. I have a feeling it would be more, but I’d get it if it were still being published today. Next week: the final issue.

True Crime Detective Vol. 3 No. 3 Summer 1953
Contents Page
W.T. Brannon “Rendezvous at Rondout”
Joseph Shillips “They Wrote Their Own Convictions”
Homer Croy “Cherokee Bill”
William Roughead “The Merrett Mystery”
Manly Wade Wellman “The General Dies at Dusk”
Miriam Allen deford “The Reluctant Lover”
Frank Mullady “Judgement for a Messiah”

Publisher: Lawrence E. Spivak
Editors: Anthony Boucher, J. Francis McComas
General Manager: Joseph W. Ferman
Managing Editor: Robert P. Mills
Advisory Editor: Charles Angoff
Art Director: George Salter
Cover: Dirone Photography from “Rendezvous at Rondout”
5.5” x 7.75” 128 pages 35¢

Opening Lines

Alfred Hitchcock June 2016

“Chase Montgomery wasn’t just out of the closet—he was out of the house and leading one-man Gay Pride parades around our little two-stoplight Texas town until he disappeared on the first without saying goodbye.”
“Chase Your Dreams” by Michael Bracken Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine June 2016

Alfred Hitchcock’s Jan/Feb 2020

Alfred Hitchcock’s Jan/Feb 2020

The newly designed Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine is now on sale at Barnes & Noble and other select newsstands.

Contents Page
Happy Holidays from AHMM
Linda Landrigan: A Cup of Crime Yet for Auld Lang Syne (introduction)
The Lineup
Steve Hockensmith “The Last Noel” art by Kelly Denato
Kevin Egan
“The Tombs Angel”
Mark Lagasse: Scrambled Plum (puzzle, solution on page 40)
Sharon Hunt “Silent Night”
Mysterious Photograph $25 fiction contest “Famous Last Words”
Joseph D’Agnese “The Detective Who Stopped By Bedford Street”
Teresa Dovalpage “The Sandalwood Killer” art by Tim Foley
Mark Thielman
“The Wreck of the Edward Fitzsimmons”
Laurel Flores Fantauzzo: Booked and Printed
Patron Saints of Nothing by Randy Ribay
Sarah Jane by James Sallis
Art Taylor “The Boy Detective and the Summer of ’74”
James Tipton “On the Banks of the Styx”
Shauna Washington “Alternate Reality” art by Hank Blaustein
Olivia Dunnett
“The Witness”
Wayne J. Gardiner “Mistaken Identity”
Arlene Fisher: Dying Words (acrostic puzzle, solution on page 192)
Paul Grigg “Mossad Rules”
Michael Mallory selects/introduces a Mystery Classic: “The Stroke of Thirteen” by Lillian De La Torre (as told to James Boswell, August 1780)
The Story That Won (Sep/Oct) “Tempting, No?” by S.D. Burke
Statement of Ownership, Management, and Circulation
Coming in AHMM Mar/Apr 2020
Directory of Services/Indicia
Classified Marketplace

Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine Vol. 65 No. 1 & 2 Jan/Feb 2020
Publisher: Peter Kanter
Editor: Linda Landrigan
Managing Editor: Jackie Sherbow
Senior Director of Art & Production: Porter C. McKinnon
Senior AD: Victoria Green
Cover: Shutterstock
192 pages
$7.99 on newsstands until Feb. 18, 2020
Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine website

AHMM and EQMM Mystery Value Pack-8 $7.95
AHMM and EQMM Mystery Value Pack-16 $12.95
Mystery Double Issue Value Pack-12 $15.95

Alfred Hitchcock June 2016

Alfred Hitchcock June 2016

An excerpt from Michael Bracken’s interview in The Digest Enthusiast No. 8, June 2018:

The Digest Enthusiast: “Chase Your Dreams,” from AHMM (June 2016), is a great example of a story that evokes an emotional response. What prompts you to include social commentary in a story? Do themes emerge while writing, or are they part of the initial planning process?

Michael Bracken: I rarely start with a theme and never intentionally include social commentary because to do so runs the risk of turning a story into a sermon or, worse, a polemic.

When I let characters react to situations I put them in, sometimes themes emerge that represent beliefs different than my own, and it’s important to let the story be the story and not have a theme forced onto it that fits my beliefs. (Think about all the great noir movies ruined by nonsensical happy endings because movie makers didn’t think audiences would tolerate themes like “life sucks and then you die.”)

“Chase Your Dreams” presents a strong example of what happens when you build characters from the inside out. The protagonist is a closeted gay man in small-town Texas and his clandestine lover,a man who is out and proud of it, disappears. The protagonist is torn between searching for his lover and the realization that by doing so he will out himself. The theme emerges from the actions the protagonist takes and how the other characters react to those actions.

Alfred Hitchcock June 2016
Contents Page
Linda Landrigan’s Editor’s Notes: It Takes a Village
The Lineup
Michael Bracken “Chase Your Dreams”
Sarah Weinman “Death of a Feminist” art by Tim Foley
Willie Rose: The Mysterious Cipher (solution on page 93)
Martin Limón “The King of K-Pop”
Arlene Fisher: Dying Words acrostic puzzle
Janice Law “A Taste of Murder” art by Linda Weatherly
Mysterious Photograph: Words Taking Flight
Brendan DuBois “A Battlefield Reunion”
Erica Wright “Patsy Cline at Harry’s Last Chance Saloon” art by Ally Hodges
Ruth Chessman “Poor Sherm” (Mystery Classic selected and introduced by Jane K. Cleland)
Robert C. Hahn: Booked & Printed
Death On a Starry Night by Betsy Draine and Michael Hinden
Capitol Punishment by Andrew Welsh-Huggins
The Day After Death by Lynn C. Miller
The Story that Won (Dec. 2015) “A Better Plan” by Charles R. McCrary, Jr.
Coming in AHMM Jul/Aug 2016
Directory of Services/Indicia
Solution to the May “Dying Words”
Classified Marketplace

Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine Vol. 61 No. 6 June 2016
Publisher: Peter Kanter
Editor: Linda Landrigan
Senior Assistant Editor: Jackie Sherbow
VP Art & Production: Susan Mangan
Senior AD: Victoria Green
Cover: Chuntisel/iStockphoto
112 pages $4.99
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Alfred Hitchcock Nov/Dec 2019

Alfred Hitchcock Nov/Dec 2019

Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine Nov/Dec 2019
Contents Page
Linda Landrigan: Trust Me! (introduction)
The Lineup
Leslie Budewitz “Miss Starr’s Good-Bye”
James L. Ross “Last Night in Malibu” art by Ron Chironna
Mark Lagasse: Scrambled George (puzzle, solution on page 70)
Mark Thielman “Thanksgiving Eve”
Janice Law “The Stop-In Motel”
R.T. Lawton “A Loaf of Bread”
Black Orchid Novella Award Contest
Susan Oleksiw “Just Another Runaway”
James Tipton “Candy Box” art by Noah Bailey
John H. Dirckx “Tragedy at Daybreak”
Laurel Flores Fantauzzo: Booked and Printed
The Bone Fire by S.D. Sykes
Without a Prayer by Susan Ashline
Party: A Mystery by Jamaica Kincaid
Dave Zeltserman “Terrible Thoughts”
Deborah Lacy “The Sky’s the Limit” art by Ally Hodges
Mysterious Photograph $25 fiction contest “The Words of the Prophets”
Melissa Yi “Dueling Dojos”
Peter Colt “The Hippie”
Arlene Fisher: Dying Words (acrostic puzzle, solution on page 192)
O’Neil De Noux “A Meanness in Me”
S.L. Franklin “Seal of the Confessional”
Gary Phillips: The Case File Crime in Sequences
The Story That Won (Jul/Aug) “The Angel Tree” by Craig M. Hanson
Index Vol. 64 2019
Coming in AHMM Jan/Feb 2020
Directory of Services/Indicia
Classified Marketplace

Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine Vol. 64 No. 11 & 12 Nov/Dec 2019
Publisher: Peter Kanter
Editor: Linda Landrigan
Managing Editor: Jackie Sherbow
Senior Director of Art & Production: Porter C. McKinnon
Senior AD: Victoria Green
Cover: Maggie Ivy
192 pages
$7.99 on newsstands until Dec. 17, 2019
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Alfred Hitchcock Sep/Oct 2019

Alfred Hitchcock Sep/Oct 2019

Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine Sep/Oct 2019
Contents
Linda Landrigan: Tour de Crime (introduction)
The Lineup
Eve Fisher “The Seven-Day Itch” art by Hank Blaustein
Brian Cox “The Surogate Initiative”
Mark Lagasse: Scrambled Highsmith (puzzle, solution on page 45)
Mysti Berry “Yorkshire Ripper”
David Hagerty “Drinks at the El Navajo” art by Noah Bailey
Mysterious Photograph $25 fiction contest “Tempting, no?”
Emily Devenport “Not My Circus, But They are My Monkeys”
Jim Fusilli “Niall Nelson is on My Flight”
Tom Mead “Incident at Widow’s Perch”
Janice Law “The Island”
Michael Steele Valade “Dead Man’s Hand” art by Tim Foley
Arlene Fisher: Dying Words (acrostic puzzle, solution on page 192)
Meredith Anthony “Eddy Gets His”
Laurel Flores Fantauzzo: Booked and Printed
Angela Zeman “The Second Tales of Roxanne”
Tom Larsen “Alienta Del Diablo” (Wilson Salinas)
Mystery Classic: Selected and Introduced by Marvin Lachman
G.K. Chesterton “The Garden of Smoke” (Mystery Classic)
The Story That Won (May/Jun) “Off the Trail” by Damon Privette
Coming in AHMM Nov/Dec 2019
Directory of Services/Indicia
Classified Marketplace

Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine Vol. 64 No. 9 & 10 Sep/Oct 2019
Publisher: Peter Kanter
Editor: Linda Landrigan
Associate Editor: Jackie Sherbow
Senior Director of Art & Production: Porter C. McKinnon
Senior AD: Victoria Green
Cover: McMillian Digital Art
192 pages
$7.99 on newsstands until Oct. 22, 2019
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AHMM and EQMM Mystery Value Pack-16 $12.95
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Alfred Hitchcock Dec. 1966

Alfred Hitchcock Dec. 1966

Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine Vol. 11 No. 12 Dec. 1966
Alfred Hitchcock: Dear Reader
Contents
Max Van Derveer “The Holiday Spirit”
J.A. Mas “The Deadly Handyman”
Lawrence Block “Some Things a Man Must Do”
James N. Semple “Lull in Homicide”
Dan J. Marlowe “The Annuity”
Bob Bristow “The Message”
Mike Brett “Crooks, Satchels, and Selma”
Parley J. Cooper “The Servant Problem”
Carl Henry Rathjen “Jump Job”
Jack Webb “Day of the Tiger”
Robert Edmond Alter “No Place Like Home”
Wenzell Brown “The Blue Man”
Richard O. Lewis “Shakedown”
James McKimmey “The Magic Tree”

Editor: G.F. Foster
160 pages, 50¢

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